The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) are reminding woodland managers, tree professionals and the plant trade to be vigilant over the coming months for sweet chestnut blight, caused by the fungus Cryphonectria parasitica.
The appeal follows confirmation of the disease in sweet chestnut trees in woodland in Devon.
Tree and woodland owners, plant traders and tree professionals everywhere are being asked o inspect their sweet chestnut trees regularly and report any suspicious symptoms.
Suspected cases in trees and woodland should be reported to the Commission
with Tree Alert. Suspected cases in chestnut plants moving in trade, such as in garden centres and nurseries, must be reported to APHA’s Plant Health & Seeds Inspectorate (PHSI) on 01904 405138 or planthealth.info@apha.gsi.gov.uk.